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. then teamsters' union president james hoffa. and later, the head of the consumer financial protection bureau updates congress on the progress of his agency. >> i think people really like to see how, where politicians' views have shifted over the years. i think people like to see whether mitt romney 1994 was campaigning for welfare reform, against welfare reform, for abortion. they want to see where he was doing it during his 2002 campaign, 2007. i think people really like to see how these politicians have evolved, and there's sort of an element to it that's almost a gotcha element, but there's also an element like people are like this is incredibly interesting. >> i've tried to think why it is that he has changed so often, why he finds it so difficult to come down on one side of an issue, instead sort of floats between both issues. ♪ >> as someone who's running for state office for the first time, does it help that your name is barack obama in terms of -- >> rod's a trailblazer and a hero of mine. >> i think the best way to describe it is sort of it's the viral beating heart of the interne
and c-span.org. >> teamsters president james hoffa says labor is under attack and the 2012 presidential election will decide the fate of workforce and social issues. from the national press club in washington, d.c., this is one hour. >> thank you, madam chair is an. it's a great pleasure to be here at the press club at this auspicious time. there's so much going on in our country right now and it's a great pleasure to be a with so many friends and so may people from the media and to talk about what the issues are today. first of all i want to talk about the teamsters union a little bit, and talk about the fact that, you know, as madam president said come i was elected in march of 1999. we're very proud of what we've done in the teamsters union. we've taken this union from the union that was bankrupt, falling apart literally, and made it is what it is today. when we took over, this union was a union where sister -- local against local, joint council against joint council. there was chaos and we came in and reached out and reached out to the people that opposed us to say, enough, we canno
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